Comcastic

This is a fucking joke. And of course, SCOTUS has made rulings in recent years designed to make it almost impossible to meet the standard for a class-action lawsuit. Justice!

Comcast (CMCSA) Corp., the nation’s largest cable-television company, doesn’t have to defend against an $875 million antitrust lawsuit on behalf of as many as 2 million Philadelphia-area customers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

The justices, voting 5-4 to reverse a lower court, said the case against Comcast was too unwieldy to proceed as a single class-action lawsuit.

The Philadelphia-based company was accused of monopolizing its hometown market. The suing customers said Comcast swapped territories and subscribers with competitors to ensure it could control the market and charge higher prices. Comcast has denied the allegations.

The high court, in an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, said the customers didn’t meet requirements for outlining a common method that could be used to determine monetary damages for each of the thousands of individual parties to the lawsuit.

Proof about a common methodology for measuring damages is needed before the case can proceed as a class-action suit covering many individual claims, the court said. The customers fell short when they produced a general theory about alleged overcharges from lack of competition without more detailed information about the impact of the specific antitrust allegation in the lawsuit, the court ruled.

Hat tip to John Yannone

Already gone

I think we’re already past the point where we can stop this and it’s time to work on adapting:

London, UK – British science fiction dramas of the 1970s and ’80s often took bleak pleasure in depicting a future world exhausted of fossil fuels in which feral survivors roamed the shattered landscapes of an industrial society in its death throes.

Now Britons, already shivering in the sub-zero temperatures of the coldest March in 50 years, are facing the prospect of an energy blackout for real amid reports the country has just two days of gas supplies left in reserve.

Thousands of homes across northern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already endured power cuts and massive disruption in recent days, as heavy snow brought down electricity cables and blocked roads.

But there could be worse to come. The cold weather has prompted a surge in demand for gas as households have turned up the heat, depleting reserves and prompting fears that storage facilities could be empty within days.

“Britain on brink of running out of gas,” said the front page of last Friday’s Times newspaper. “Welcome to blackout Britain,” offered the Daily Telegraph on Monday, as the head of a Scottish power company warned the UK faced a “capacity crunch” over the next three years.

If only our leaders had acted like leaders, and actually done something. So it goes.

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